Inexpensive Hollow Bodies

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  1. nomadh

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    I find a semi hollow much closer to a solid than a semi is to a full hollow.
    My casino coupe is smaller bodied but fully hollow. It does have a spine glued to the top. Not real thick but gives some control. I have a fully hollow big body johnson Las vegas and it is much harder to control. Another big step more resonant than my coupe.

    Btw that johnson vegas is a decent big body jazz box. They make a small body I've been wanting to check out too
     
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    I couldn't agree more with that statement. Full hollow is a much mellower sound.
    While (soundwise) a semi is just a light weight solid body.
     
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    Although some harder rock styles ala Ted Nugent work suprisingly well.
     
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    Just metal?

    Hollow bodies are the best, and go to, guitars for jazz, swing, standards from The Great American Songbook and rockabilly.

    The OP was asking about hollow-bodies, yet a lot of the recommendations seem to be for semi-hollows for some reason. :confused:
     
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    How do you like that Blacktop in there Mickey? I'm leaning towards those in the Vintage Faux Falcon. I do have 1 Gretsch Filtertron in the drawer though. Don't know what model it is.
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    And then there's the Falcons brother.
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    Both of these for 2 Bills in this husk state.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    The "black top" in the 6122-1959 is the T.V. Jones Classic Plus.
    It is the bridge pickup in my 6122-1959, my 6120 and my Douglas WNO 630. (All three guitars in the pic.)
    Also, in the Musician's Friend demo video.

    It is an excellent choice with the Supertron in the neck position.
    They work well together.
     
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    It's always interesting when folks discuss hollow bodies peeps chime in about semi hollows. So different to play and control of feedback. Different animals. I think one of the best hollows out there is a Guild Starfire III. You can buy them all day long for less than $1K. There are bunches to choose from. Also the Casino if you like the hot pups and skinny necks on the newer models.
     
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    Beautiful guitars
     
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    Sometimes not even much weight savings. I find the semiH is basically a solid body with hollow wings added sort of like sails to catch some of the amp sound to get some resonance. But it takes a lot of resonance chamber to move that body and a third of the reso chamber is now filled with wood.
     
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    Lots of different hollowbodies. These one are another magnitude more resonant than my small bodied rigid casino coupe. Like mine is a magnitude more that a 335 or especially a 339
     
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    Absolutely this. I've only got the one semi-hollow, the Douglas SNO and that thing weighs over 9lb and sounds more like a Les Paul with just a bit of air around it. In fact it's probably got more in common with my AL's than it has with my Gretsches.
     
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    Ted is not just good but he must be a unique talent to keep that byrdland in check.
     
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    That sounds great. I might have to try one of those out on one of my guitars! Nice set of leftys that you have there!
     
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    Are those guitars from the GFS sale?
     
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    Yes.

    2 styles I could never afford if it weren't for MIC.
     
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    I get it. Actually a lot of the more affordable guitars that people used to ignore are actually coming to rival the bigger brands. Those Vintage brand guitars are really good. I just wish they would sell the full hollowbody in the United States. I suspect it might have to do with Gibson’s copyright on certain models.
     
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